Forget about the Rousey-Holm rematch. The fight I want to see is The Donald versus The Pope, which would be tantamount to Godzilla versus Monster Zero. Pay-per-view would make a ton of cash.

As to odds, I’m not sure. The Donald is younger and probably in better shape physically. But The Pope might be faster and, of course, has Jesus in his corner. I have a hard time betting against anyone who is best buddies with Jesus.

The ongoing trash-talk between Donald Trump and Pope Francis is actually quite interesting.  Trump maintains that the Pope, despite his protests to the contrary, is willy-nilly involved in politics. Trump asserts that the Mexican government is using the Pope for its own benefit.


Pope questions Trump's immigration policy

On his part, the Pope is critical of Trump’s proposed policy on immigration, which basically simply slams the door shut to new entrants and deports any illegal aliens presently residing in the country. And as harsh as Trump’s stance is, it does carry merit in theory. Whether it’s practical or objective - or acceptable - is another matter entirely.

The Pope, according to CNN, commented on Trump’s immigration policy saying, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.

Pope Francis. Image:
Pope Francis. Image:

This is not the gospel."

Moreover, CNN state that the Pope did not tell American Catholics not to vote for Trump. In other words, CNN defended the Pope’s criticism by saying it was not meant as a political statement.

I beg to disagree. The very fact the Pope implied that Trump is “not a Christian” is a perfect example of enantiosis, a figure of speech “by which what is to be understood is stated negatively, and vice versa; affirmation by contraries,” according to


In other words, the Pope was making a political statement and was in fact telling American Catholics not to vote for Trump. It’s a simple yet effective rhetorical device that provides a form of acceptable deniability, which is of and by itself political double-talk, a way of saying something without actually saying it.

Exchanges reveal political double-talk - from both sides

When Trump called the Pope on it, he was correct. However, Trump’s method of calling the Pope on it was another example of political double-talk.

CNN reported that Trump said, "No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith.”

That’s a laugh. Throughout history, one of the Pope’s perquisites and responsibilities has been questioning people’s faith and religion. It’s part of his job description as the head of the Church.

Essentially, the verbal squabble between Trump and the Pope is political suasion at its best.

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